Burning Man was met with tragedy over the weekend when one attendee decided to run into one of the fires at the festival early Sunday morning, September 3rd. The man was recused by a fire crew and then transported to the University College Davis hospital burn center in California, but the crew had to wait for the structure to collapse before entering it to rescue the man. The man would die from his wounds at the burn center.
According to the BBC, local authorizes say Aaron Mitchell broke through security perimeters and through multiple sets of security guards to get to reach a “burn” and ran into it.
Many of the burns on Sunday were subsequently canceled, but the main temple burn went ahead on Sunday night.
The festival has released a statement on the situation. “Now is a time for closeness, contact and community,” reads the statement. “Trauma needs processing. Promote calls, hugs, self-care, check-ins, and sleep. We have found this article helpful for understanding how trauma affects us: “A New Normal: Ten Things I’ve Learned About Trauma.”